March 5, 1931 -
Vera Pless was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and received her Ph.D from Northwestern in 1957 with a thesis on "Quotient Rings of Continuous Transformation Rings." Parts of this work was published in the Duke Mathematical Journal in 1958 [Abstract]. After ten years at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory, she spent a few years at M.I.T.'s project MAC. She joined the University of Illinois-Chicago's department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science as a full professor in 1975 and taught there until her retirement. She is a University of Illinois Scholar. She is author of the well-known text An Introduction to the Theory of Error-Correcting Codes, and has published over 100 papers.
Source: Communication from Daniel Pless